August 28th, 2012
03:51 PM ET

Ronaldo vs. Messi vs. Iniesta – and the winner will be?

Andres Iniesta, left, Lionel Messi, center, and Cristiano Ronaldo are vying to be named Europe's best footballer.
Andres Iniesta, left, Lionel Messi, center, and Cristiano Ronaldo are vying to be named Europe's best footballer.

Yes, it’s that time of year when the UEFA European Footballer of the Year award is handed out. On Thursday, either Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Andres Iniesta will be crowned as the best player on the continent over the last season. The voting will be done live at the Grimaldi Center in Monaco by journalists representing UEFA’s 53 member states and yours truly will be on stage presenting the awards ceremony.

It will be the seventh time that I will have the privilege to host UEFA’s annual awards gala and Champions League draw in Monaco. Over the last few years I have seen a lot of drama on stage and I predict a few more "oohs" and "ahs" on Thursday evening when the groups are drawn for the tournament's lucrative first stage and when the winner of the top prize is announced. FULL POST

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Filed under:  Football
August 22nd, 2012
01:02 PM ET

Are footballers on a par with bankers?

Manchester City's owners have led the way in offering bigger and bigger salaries to players. (Getty Images)
Manchester City's owners have led the way in offering bigger and bigger salaries to players. (Getty Images)

With the Olympics afterglow now starting to fade, football is stepping back into the breach to fill the sporting public’s thirst for entertainment.

The big question has been, in Britain at least, whether the positive vibes created by the buzz of athletes giving their all for victory will survive now that the focus has returned to a group whose behaviors have generally been decidedly more questionable.

An Olympian who trips at the last hurdle is usually applauded for having a go, but spoilt millionaires whose off-field indiscretions are regularly reported in the tabloid press don’t get much sympathy when they writhe around on the pitch trying to con match officials. FULL POST

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Filed under:  Football
August 15th, 2012
06:58 PM ET

Which clubs will win Europe's league titles this season?

Arsene Wenger, left, Cristiano Ronaldo, center, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be key figures this season.
Arsene Wenger, left, Cristiano Ronaldo, center, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be key figures this season.

With the new European club football campaign upon us, it’s time to look into the future and predict what the new season will bring.

Can last season's champions maintain their momentum? Who will be the key players, and what will be the main stories of the 2012-13 campaign?

Here are my picks for the continent’s top five leagues; have your say in the comments box below. FULL POST

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Filed under:  Football
August 15th, 2012
06:51 PM ET
August 15th, 2012
06:47 PM ET

Human to Hero: Richie McCaw

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Filed under:  Rugby
August 15th, 2012
06:43 PM ET

The day that changed everything

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August 15th, 2012
06:37 PM ET

Get fit as a jockey

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Filed under:  Horse Racing
August 13th, 2012
05:21 PM ET

PGA champion McIlroy to follow in Tiger's footsteps?

Rory McIlroy is dwarfed by the PGA Championship trophy after the second major win of his career. (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy is dwarfed by the PGA Championship trophy after the second major win of his career. (Getty Images)

Two major championship wins at 23 years of age: Rory McIlroy’s validation as a world-class golfer continues to grow and grow.

He has become the sixth youngest multiple major winner in history, and how timely that he pushes Tiger Woods to seventh on that list, eclipsing him by a mere five months.

McIlroy is not targeting Woods' records however and is emphatic when discussing his own potential to carve out a distinguished career: “I mean, I've won my second major at the same age as he had. But he went on that incredible run like 2000, 2001, 2002 and won so many. FULL POST

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Filed under:  Golf
August 7th, 2012
04:32 PM ET

Will big football clubs beat Financial Fair Play rules?

Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has symbolized PSG's lavish spending. (Getty Images)
Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has symbolized PSG's lavish spending. (Getty Images)

Chelsea sign Gazprom as a new energy partner. Inter Milan sell a stake in the club to Chinese investors. Manchester City bank a record sponsorship deal with Etihad.

Yes, many of Europe’s top clubs are already looking for ways around UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.

What UEFA wants to do is easy to understand. European football’s governing body is aiming to level the playing field and stop the rich becoming richer, and the poor becoming poorer. FULL POST

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Filed under:  Football
August 3rd, 2012
08:51 PM ET

Behind the scenes with Graf and Agassi

Tennis stars Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf married in 2001 and have two children. (Getty Images)
Tennis stars Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf married in 2001 and have two children. (Getty Images)

Roger Federer, Alex Ferguson, Mike Tyson, David Beckham and even Tiger Woods!

I’ve been fortunate and truly blessed to have interviewed some of sport's biggest names one-on-one, but for years there remained a glaring hole in my professional resume.

Or rather two glaring holes: Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf. I’d have taken some time with even just one of them, but the two of them together and the chance of a first ever trip to Las Vegas? Not something I was about to pass up! FULL POST

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Filed under:  Olympics • Tennis